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Finkel-&-Frizzell250Seton Hall University's Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, Associate Professor and Director of the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program, and Rabbi Asher Finkel, Professor Emeritus in Jewish-Christian Studies, have both launched new webpages that will provide global access to their vast collections of scholarly works. Their collections will be part of the institutional repositories and scholarly publishing services hosted by Berkeley Electronic Press’ SelectedWorks and managed by the University Libraries at Seton Hall.

Father Frizzell and Rabbi Finkel have been pioneers through collaborative work in biblical and Jewish-Christian studies for more than 40 years. The two professors became colleagues when they joined Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher in helping to develop the unique curriculum of the then newly founded Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program at Seton Hall in 1975. The first and only program of its kind in the United States, the Jewish-Christian Studies Graduate Program continues to serve as a model for eliminating prejudice through understanding.

Rabbi Finkel’s publication site features his scholarly studies, conference papers and presentations that predominantly focus on phenomenological examinations of Jewish and Christian sacred texts from within the Sitz im Leben of the Second Temple Period and early Rabbinic Judaism and Christianity. Rabbi Finkel’s collection spans 38 years and includes his book, The Pharisees and the Teacher of Nazareth (E.J. Brill, 1974), as well as his most recent interviews on the radio program, The Kinship of Catholics & Jews, which is broadcast weekly on WSOU 89.5FM. Rabbi Finkel’s scholarly works can be accessed via SelectedWorks at

Students, faculty and the general public can now access more than 100 of Father Frizzell’s scholarly works, including articles; contribution to books, dictionaries and encyclopedias; conference papers; and public statements, in addition to his biblical commentaries and reflections previously published in The Catholic Advocate and Scripture in Church. The scope and breadth of Father Frizzell’s work is extensive and ranges in topics from interreligious dialogue from within a global perspective to Medieval Latin liturgy and commentaries on various books in both Jewish and Christian scriptures. Father Frizzell is also the Director of the Institute of Judaeo-Christian Studies and, in collaboration with University Libraries, will be launching a separate scholarly publication website for the Institute next month. Father Frizzell’s scholarly works can be accessed via SelectedWorks at

“SelectedWorks is a powerful tool that maximizes the readership and impact of our faculty’s work by providing free, global access to students, researchers and scholars 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any computer or mobile device,” said Dr. John Buschman, Dean of University Libraries at Seton Hall University. “The addition of Rabbi Asher Finkel’s and Father Lawrence Frizzell’s scholarly corpora into our academic repository is a remarkable and valuable supplement to Seton Hall’s growing SelectedWorks collection and to the overall network of international scholarship.”

The Graduate Program in Jewish-Christian Studies offers a Master of Arts degree and graduate certificate in Jewish-Christian Studies. The curriculum covers all aspects of the historical relationships between Jews and Christians and their respective values and traditions and equips graduates for many facets of interreligious and multicultural encounters. For more information, go to


The University Libraries serve as a vital link to Seton Hall University’s students and faculty for their information and research needs as they manage resources that enable students to develop and master the professional skills that are necessary on a regional and global level. They have strong and growing collections in the areas of theology, Asian studies, Judaeo-Christian studies, Italian studies, Slavic and Eastern European studies, and other areas of the humanities, and their electronic capability allows students to access faculty-assigned readings and electronic academic databases from anywhere on campus, or remotely off campus, with Internet access day or night. To learn more about the University Libraries, go to


For over 150 years, Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership, developing the whole student, mind, heart and spirit. Seton Hall combines the resources of a large university with the personal attention of a small liberal arts college. Its attractive suburban campus is only 14 miles by train, bus or car to New York City, with the wealth of employment, internship, cultural and entertainment opportunities the city offers. Seton Hall is a Catholic university that embraces students of all races and religions, challenging each to better the world through integrity, compassion and a commitment to serving others. To learn more about Seton Hall, see


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